Monday, May 29

Of Cats and Men: A Book Review


Of Cats and Men by Sam Kalda

This book is unbelievably adorable! At least coming from my cat lady self. The illustrations are fun and entertaining.

Meant as a gift book of sorts, this book features the relationship famous men throughout history have had with their cats. For instance, did you know that the static charge from a cat's fur sparked young Nikola Tesla's interest in electricity and that Andy Warhol wrote a book inspired by his furry kitty friend? This book has witty profiles and quotes from history's most notable "cat men."
And truly, the illustrations are too adorable!

I give this book a big A++ for it's unique approach to cat lovers, charming illustrations and overall entertaining value. A definite win for gift giving to any and all cat lovers!


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Monday, May 22

A Barn Quilt Coloring Book



This adult coloring book is charming. It's square in size, and the cover is thinner than other coloring books. The book is filled with country scenes and barn quilt images for coloring. The patterns are intricate and will hold your attention while you color. If you're flipping through the color book, the left side of the page has the country or Amish or buggy scenes, and the right side of the page barn quilt designs with Amish sayings or Biblical proverbs on the page.

Being raised in the country, surrounded by the Amish, I truly think this coloring book is charming. I thought some of the sayings were a bit cheesy; however, as a coloring book for entertainment purposes (and not devotional like some of the coloring books on the market), this coloring book is a true winner. And especially if you appreciate Amish made, intricate quilts :)


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Sunday, May 21

On Edge: A Book Review


On Edge by Andrea Peterson

This hardcover book has a very eye catching cover. I picked it up because anxiety seems to be one of the leading struggles of my generation. From what I see both online and in person, people seem to throw it around like a catchall for whenever someone is acting strange or has peculiarly intense reaction towards something another person deems unreasonable. For every legitimate diagnosis of anxiety, I honestly think there's a layman's imposed diagnosis on someone else that may or may not be correct.

So I wanted to pick up this book and read a firsthand account of what it's like to struggle with actual anxiety to see if I could understand what life is like. The author - Andrea Peterson - was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since her childhood. Over time her symptoms multiplied and the book dives into what they felt like for her. Things like fear of driving on highways or licking envelopes. Between talking about her own battle with anxiety, Peterson weaves in the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments.

I found this book very intriguing and informational. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants an inside look at what it means - and feels like - to have an anxiety disorder.


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Friday, May 19

Launch Your Dream: A Book Review


Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge

I was excited to get my hands on this book because I have followed the author, Dale Partridge, on Instagram for about a year. I like how he speaks truth in a way that isn't alienating while still being challenging. I don't know much about his business background, but apparently, he is the founder of a very successful website called StartupCamp.com (and other businesses).

In this book, Partridge breaks down the essence of his acclaimed startup program into this book - what claims to be a hyper productive, 30 day journey for readers looking to follow their passions and realize their dreams. The structure of the book is very practical, and I found it inspiring to look through, not as overwhelming as I expected to feel after reading the synopsis. Each chapter is a day's reading and then also action steps/things to think through. The beginning of the chapter lists out the estimated reading time to break down the time for that day's material for the typical busy person. I greatly appreciated knowing what I was getting into for the day.

Having just received the book, I obviously haven't worked through it yet. I've flipped throughout the chapters and read snippets from various chapters. His advice seems quite practical and thought-provoking, designed to tailor the day's reading/action to your own business idea. I can't wait to keep reading the book!

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Monday, May 15

Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung: A Book Review



I love a good autobiography and this one definitely was! If I think back really hard, I think I remember hearing about Min Kym's stolen violin. Between that and the cover of this book being so eye catching, I snatched this book and drove right in.

Min Kym is a world renown violinist. She was known as a prodigy at the age of seven, being the youngest ever student at the famed Purcell School. When Min was eleven, she won her first international prize when most preteens are worried about if a boy on the playground likes them back. When she was twenty-one, Min found "the one," the violin she would play as a soloist - a rare 1696 Stradivarius. (Side note: I can't image owning something from the 1600's and that valuable.)

When her violin was stolen in London, Min was faced with feelings of having lost her soulmate and sense of who she was. Almost overnight, she became unable to play or function, stunned into silence. Following her journey, the book dives into how Min dealt with the absence her violin, and music, left in her life. It was interesting to read about how she was able to step back and see her past in a new light, a childhood that was full of isolation from all the practicing and also crushing expectations.

Not being a classical music fan and having a lot of knowledge of who Min Kym was before reading this book, I found this book quite interesting. I enjoyed reading about Min's life and appreciated how she dug into the real emotions of what she experienced, both in losing her violin and also in her life in general.


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Friday, May 12

Start With Amen: A Book Review


Start With Amen by Beth Guckenberger

Another book I picked up because of how amazing the cover of the book looked. That cover is so catching!!

This is the first book that I've read by Beth Guckenberger, although she has written many more. The book hinges on the word "amen." Millions of Christians use this word every day, yet few realize whatrichness, depth, truth and connection are packed into this sacred phrase. Growing up attending a Mennonite middle/high school, we used to sing hymns all the time, often using the word "amen." I'm sure at some point in time the meaning of the word was taught or explained in one of my classes, but I honestly can't remember much about the word itself. This book unpacks all the Bible teaches us about the word "amen" and about the moment we say "amen" to God. Beth talks about how the Bible shows us that "amen" is more like a full invitation from God packed with all that he requires from us and all he longs to bestow upon us as his beloved children.

There is so much more I could say about what's inside this book. It's packed full of good things; from the Bible, captivating stories, application, exploration of intimacy with God and truth upon truth. I found that it was a deeper read, but well worth my time.


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Monday, May 8

The Hideaway: A Book Review


The Hideaway by Lauren Denton

I don't typically pick up fiction books that aren't based more around suspenseful story lines. But this book's cover drew me in, and soon I found myself entranced in this delightful novel.

The novel follows Sara as she moves back home after her grandmother's will leaves Sara her old bed and breakfast - The Hideaway - in Sweet Bay, Alabama. Sara's original plan was to quickly tie up any loose ends by selling the B&B and then return to her life in New Orleans. However, Sara learns that her grandmother's will tasked Sara with renovating The Hideaway. Over the course of contractors, dust and other rennovations, Sara finds herself slipping back into life in Sweet Water, and to her surprise, growing to love to love much about the town.

I really thought this was a charming little book. An easier read, but still entertaining that leaves you with a warm feeling when you walk away. The characters are wonderfully flawed and genuine. I loved the author's ability to a envelope the reader with her descriptions of The Hideaway and the town. Definitely a fun read!


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Wednesday, May 3

Tozer for the Christian Leader


Tozer for the Christian Leader: A 365 Day Devotional

This devotional makes a great gift! The cover is attractive and modern. My husband was instantly drawn to it (and now he's claimed it for himself - haha!), which makes sense since the color scheme is a bit more masculine than it is feminine.

I've become a huge fan of Tozer over the last year. His works have incredible depth while still maintaining a level of coherence for the average reader. Actually, I should say that Tozer's writing will stretch the average reader a bit because we are so used to reading book and articles that are fileld with easy language and are otherwise not mentally pushed to read the "old time-y language that Tozer uses (after all, he's from a different time). All that to say, it is still understandable, but a deeper read. Just like C.S. Lewis, Tozer tackles deeper theological issues.

All in all, this is a great, thought provoking devotional, and would make a great gift for a Christian leader!


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Monday, May 1

Prayer: A Book Review


Prayer by A.W. Tozer

I love how sleek and lovely this book cover is. It looks like the publisher - Moody - is updating some of Tozer's works into updated versions with covers that match this one. This book on prayer combines the best of Tozer's works on prayer into one book. One of the themes in this book is how if there's no serious urgency to pray, we don't pray and can forfeit the wonder of being united with God and conformed to the image of Christ.

There is so much truth and goodness in this book on prayer. Having attended Christian school for middle school through college, I was amazed at how easily some of the truth about prayer slipped from my mind. I found that the lack of urgency and immediate necessity to prayer has side tracked how often I pray, and this book came at a good time for me. There's just something special about reading Tozer's words that help reorient me.


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